Pakistan has ‘nothing to gain’ from Uri attack, says its foreign office

  • PTI, Islamabad
  • Updated: Sep 23, 2016 01:24 IST
A soldier stands guard at the checkpost near Uri Army Brigade on Thursday. The road, passing through the brigade headquarters connecting 12 villages close to the LoC, was opened to civilian traffic after remaining closed for four days in view of the recent attack on the army base (PTI)

Pakistan rejected on Thursday allegations of its involvement in the assault on an army camp in Uri town in Kashmir that killed at least 18 soldiers, saying it has “nothing to gain” from this attack.

Such incidents are part of the “Indian attempt to divert attention of the world community” from Kashmir, Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria said at the weekly briefing in Islamabad.

“Pakistan has nothing to gain from this attack...It has become Indian habit to point accusing fingers at Pakistan after every such incident in India,” he said.

India has told Pakistan that it has evidence showing involvement of Pakistan-based terrorists in the Uri attack and demanded that Islamabad refrain from supporting and sponsoring terrorism directed against this country.

Zakaria said the entire nation was ready to defend the country in case of any attack by India after the Uri incident.

To a question on airspace restrictions over northern part of the country, he said that Pakistan Air Force was carrying out routine exercises which are not linked to the prevailing security situation.

He claimed that Pakistan “has concrete evidence of Indian sponsored terrorism in various areas including Balochistan and Karachi, which had been proved by the arrest and confession of RAW agent Kulbhushan Yadev”.

“The recent statement of Indian Prime Minister was yet another proof of Indian involvement in terrorism and terror financing in Pakistan aimed at destabilizing the country,” he said.

The spokesperson said that the request by Baloch leader Brahmdagh Bugti to seek asylum in India “only confirms that India was deeply involved in terrorism in Balochistan”.

He said Pakistan is a peaceful country and peaceful neighbourhood is the vision of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif who has demanded the UN to implement its resolutions on Kashmir.

Zakaria alleged that India security forces were continuing “brutalities” in Kashmir and asked the UN Secretary-General, UN Human Rights Commissioner and international community to take measures to stop the violence.

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